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Old 11-15-2012, 03:19 PM   #1
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Default Desert farming forms bacterial communities that promote drought

Desert farming forms bacterial communities that promote drought resistance
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Washington DC (SPX) Nov 01, 2012

Desert farming forms bacterial communities that promote drought resistance
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When there is little water available for plants to grow, their roots form alliances with soil microbes that can promote plant growth even under water-limiting conditions, according to research published by Daniele Daffonchio and colleagues from the University of Milan, Italy in the open access journal PLOS ONE.

Symbiotic relationships between plants and soil microbial communities are critical to the health of plants. Though the effects of drought on plants are well-known, little is known about how lack of water affects the bacteria around plant roots.

In this study, the researchers grew...
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